: Twenty Weeks. Halfway there, crazy!
Size of Baby: A banana. (About 6.5 inches from head to rump, and 10 inches from head to toe. She weighs 10.2 oz).
Sex of Baby: Girl, girl, girl. Ultrasound confirmed those early genetic tests. No penis in sight. :)
Cravings: Popsicles, cheese & crackers, all fruit, orange juice, macaroni & cheese, rice pilaf, applesauce, salad.
Weight Gain: 5 lbs. Weight gain has been on the slow side, but baby is measuring on-track. My midwife says to expect a big jump in the next 4 weeks (an additional 6-8 lbs).
Maternity Clothes: Living in the same few outfits, all of which are maternity. Tiho says I look fantastic because I'm wearing tight clothes to show off the belly. Ha!
Physical Symptoms: Still experiencing random shooting tension up the back of my legs/hamstring: I call them "shooters." Had a few more lightheadedness/near-fainting episodes, including one during my ultrasound (I think caused by too much time on my back and subsequent pressure on the spine). If I lay on my side, breathe slowly, and sip water, I'm usually fine within 10 minutes, although that sweaty, fuzzy, panicky feeling is never fun. And oh boy, newest development this week: sensitive, puffy gums! I need to go in for a deep cleaning at the dentist, which I'm dreading. All in all, nothing too major, and typical for this stage of pregnancy. Day-to-day, I feel awesome.
Sleep: Up at least twice a night to pee. Only sleeping on my sides, which has been difficult to get accustomed to. A pillow between my legs makes it more comfortable.
Fears: Childbirth? I'm planning on going all-natural if possible, but can't let myself think too much about it or I get freaked out. We'll be taking a natural childbirth education class in September.
Baby's Developmental Milestones: All the major parts are there! We think she has my nose based on the twenty-week ultrasound picture up there. I think she's adorable. Apparently, this is when babies begin developing specific tastes for certain foods based on what the mother ingests, so it's important I eat a well-rounded diet. She's probably going to love carbs and fruit. Tiho thinks I should eat lots of exotic things to optimize the chance of her developing an adventurous palate!
General Mood & Emotions: So happy. Also, so in love with my husband. I got teary the other day thinking about how we only have a few months left together as "just us." I went up and hugged him and started crying over it. I'm SO excited to meet our little girl but also really trying to stay present and enjoy this season of life before it changes forever.
Things I'm Looking Forward To: Savoring these slow summer days. Feeling her little kicks and movements! Nesting. We're going fairly minimal in terms of baby gear, but I can't wait to start planning her "corner." My in-laws generously gifted us our stroller when they were visiting from Europe last week. We'll probably keep it in the box for a while longer due to space constraints, but I loved the process of researching, test-driving and picking it out.
Coolest Thing So Far: Watching and feeling my belly expand. Standing naked in front of the mirror is my new favorite pastime. :)